Rafael Nadal starts with win at Australian Open

Roger Federer admitted on Sunday he was shocked that tennis was to lose

This year's opening Grand Slam tournament has just kicked off, pitting the world's best tennis players against each other for the prestigious title of Australian Open champion.

Murray told Sky News' sports correspondent Martha Kelner that having the surgery could boost his chances of being able to play for longer.

Andy Murray put on an incredibly courageous display in a losing effort to Roberto Bautista Agut in his final ever Australian Open match and was greeted with an emotional farewell video from fellow players.

Britain's Andy Murray waves as he leaves the court following his first round loss to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. "But, you know, I felt like I did all the right things today in order to get through that match", said the Russian.

"But it's nothing new for me", added Nadal who admits he has to manage the workload on his creaking 32-year-old body, battered by years of his all-action style.

However, the five-time Australian Open finalist showed remarkable levels of tenacity to push his dogged opponent all the way in a performance that defied the hip injury that looks set to cut his career short.

The second seed is bidding to become the first man in the Open era, and only the third in history along with Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, to win each Grand Slam on two or more occasions. "I'm very, very happy to be through", he said.

Kei Nishikori is feeling a little bit liberated after having to come back from two sets down to beat Kamil Majchrzak in a hard opener. The Czech doesn't feel intimidated when she heads into the court to face the 23-time Grand Slam victor.

The Dunblane star, who is still hoping to play at Wimbledon, battle back before losing 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2.

"I gave everything I had".

He swept past Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 said he was in "disbelief" that he was the double defending champion at his age and vowed to give his all to make it three in a row. I'm fully aware of that.

The former world number one was playing what could potentially be his last ever professional game but astoundingly rolled back the years with two set victories, both by tie-break to force a fifth set against Roberto Bautista Agut. One is to take the next four and a half months off, then build up and play Wimbledon.

Bautista Agut has not spoken specifically about the draw but said after winning last week's Qatar Open: "It's been a fantastic week for me".

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